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Beautiful Island Home on the Canal, Very Short Walk to the Beach.


Property Details

Updated: Jul 25, 2016
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 14 Sleeps

This property is owner managed and maintained. Since you will be dealing directly with the owner and not a rental management company agent, you can be assured of receiving the very best personal attention.

There are still a couple of summer weeks left but they will book up fast.

Family Fun:

The Happy Pelican has over 1,980 square feet of tastefully decorated living space. There are two large decks overlooking the canal and 4 bedroom balconies 2 of which have ocean views.

Save hundreds of dollars in equipment rentals as the owners leave all their toys for you to play with. Bikes, kayaks, inflatable boats, fishing and crabbing gear, beach games and beach equipment are provided for your enjoyment.

The perfect vacation rental property awaits your family and friends. This 4 Bedrooms + Loft/Den with 2.5 Baths sleeps 12-14.

The property is on the deep water canal and located on a direct beach access street. Just a 3 minute walk or 30 second drive and you are on the beach enjoying a fun day in the sun on wide, clean uncrowded beaches. The water is warm June through late October and very clean. Swim in the surf, sunbathe, play beach games, build sandcastles, stroll the beach looking for shells, try surf fishing, the fun activities are many.

We have beach chairs, blankets, umbrellas, coolers, reusable ice packs, and picnic baskets for lounging on the beach. For beach fun, beach balls, frisbees, and other games are available for your use. When you get back from a fun day at the beach, rinse off the sand in the house’s outdoor hot shower.

Bring your boat or Jet Ski and dock it on the private deep water canal behind the house. Great boating and fishing await you. For boaters the house has a great nautical location.

Private pilots bring your plane.

Private Pilot - Fly into OIB's own airport just a 5 minute drive from the house. Cars are available at the airport.

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I grew up in a small Atlantic Ocean beach community in a house on the river and remember fondly the activities associated with coastal living. My wife lived in California near the coast and also had a fondness for shore life. We found Ocean Isle Beach and knew it was where we wanted to be.

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Speaks: english, mandarin

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our large family rented this great house for New Years Week End and had a wonderful time together even it was very cold. Hope to come back in warmer weather. Would recommend to anyone who needs lots of sleeping space. Frank makes booking very easy. FK Family
Dec 2009
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56 Reviews

based on 56 traveler reviews


The Happy Pelican is our new first choice for our beach vacations!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect vacation home for our family! Loved being on the canal and taking out floats and kayaks from the home's dock! And even when you came back from the very short stroll to the beach, you could still look out on water! So relaxing! The home was immaculate, and Frank and Wendy have it stocked with more than you would have thought, from games, DVD's and books, to a blender, high chair, bikes, and every kitchen item you can think of! It is furnished beautifully and is so spacious! Frank is a great communicator and extremely responsive to every question. The Happy Pelican is our new first choice for a beach vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect fit for our family. Very spacious! Toys to play with! Frank you think of everything possible for every occasion! We had a rainy day during our stay, but that didn't matter. The house is equipped with a large assortment of movies for all ages. TV's in every room! This place is hands down the place to stay! Bikes to ride, kayaks to paddle, fishing poles, tennis, badminton, volleyball, grill for outside cooking this place has it all. Relax on the deck in comfortable chairs. Sit at the dock and look down the canal. Walk the beach and look for shells. Shop, eat, play putt putt golf. We also went to Ripley's Aquarium, on a Dolphin site seeing tour, drove to Myrtle Beach, Ate at some really nice restaurants in Calabash. The house has a vacation manual by the TV with all sorts of things to do! Ocean Isle Beach is the perfect relaxing family vacation. Close grocery store saves you some money with this place! Full kitchen, nice sized fridge just fill her up and cook just like at home or go out to eat if you like. Something for everyone! Family memories were definitely made here and booking this place couldn't be easier with Frank & Wendy! Frank is with you every step of the way. My family thanks both of you for letting us rent your home and would highly recommend this place to others traveling to this area.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Break

  • 5 of 5

There are ten of us who went to college together in the 70's, who meet every year for a mini reunion. We stayed at the Happy Pelican last year and had such a great time, that we booked it again this year. There was plenty of room inside, and a large deck to relax on outside. We loved the easy convenience of taking our boat to the ICW, and even saw several dolphins. Frank is fantastic to work with, and makes sure that every detail is taken care of.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home!!

  • 5 of 5

Our plans allowed us to schedule a last minute spring break vacation and we couldn't have been happier if we planned this a year in advance!

From the start, Frank was more than hospitable! I can't thank Frank and Wendy enough for all their help with our last minute plans!! I want to add them to my Christmas card list!! That nice!!

We searched VRBO and was drawn to the house...add all the fun toys offered and we knew we found our place! It was so nice to be able to go on a bike ride and kayak without having to haul those items with you on vacation. Also, beach chairs, beach buckets, fishing poles, coolers, and so much more!!!!

Location was spot on...on the inter-coastal waterway (drop your fishing line in the water in the morning right off your deck!) and a very short walk to the beach! Perfect!

We first walked into the house upon arrival and was very pleased with the cleanliness and overall appearance.

The amenities left us not wanting or needing anything! Coffee made every morning (on two choices of coffee pots) griddle for pancakes, muffin pans for breakfast muffins, stir-fry pan for dinner...the kitchen was stocked! Perfect!

This is our fourth trip to Ocean Isle Beach so here are some favorites:

Restaurants: We love to stay local and Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Company has a very tasty Low Country Boil! Sharkey's has great pizza! Go into Calabash for wonderful seafood (many restaurant choices there) and you must visit Callahan's - shopper paradise! Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle offers too many stores to list, very fun for all ages, and loads of putt-putt courses to choose from. We also took the kids on the zipline tour just off HWY 17. It was GREAT! Customer service was wonderful and the kids had A LOT of fun!

I would highly recommend this property to families, couples, everyone! We will be keeping our eye on the reservation calendar to plan our next trip HERE!

Thank you Frank and Wendy!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host this family. Wendy and I enjoyed the regular text updates on the family's activities and were pleased a great time was had by all. They took very good care of our home and we look forward hosting this family for a return visit.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with another family for Thanksgiving. Our experience couldn't have been better! Not only did Mother Nature pull through and send us 'sunny and 75', but the Happy Pelican provided a perfect place to play and lay our heads. The kitchen is well stocked...we cooked and served our entire Thanksgiving Dinner there. We fished off the dock most mornings and caught a lot of little white fish. We put the kayaks in the water and paddled down the canal and along the inter coastal waterway. We used the bikes, corn hole, boogie boards and baseball mits all provided in the toy room. The key code entry on the doors was very convenient (no worry about who has the keys or remembering to bring them with you). We had plenty of room for our group to sleep, play and eat. Frank was very responsive and great to work with. He keeps close tabs on his place and truly wants you to have a great time there. He even let us extend our stay by one more night because we just weren't ready to leave yet. I recommend the Happy Pelican without reservation. Also, Ocean Isle Beach is quiet and non-commercial. The beach is clean and beautiful. A great choice for a getaway!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome House!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in OIB at the Happy Pelican. We were joined for a few days by our daughter and her three roommates who were on fall break from college. The house had plenty of room for all with a well equipped kitchen and equipment room. We loved the decks over looking the canal for relaxing and fishing off of the dock was excellent. Frank was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process and made every effert to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Thanks again for allowing us to stay in your wonderful home and we hope to come back again next summer.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calabash Nautical Gifts

From the Owner

After having a great vacation on Ocean Isle Beach 9 years ago, my wife and I went back every year. In Ocean Isle Beach we found a place to renew ourselves with peaceful beaches and exciting activities. It became a focal point for our retirement planning. We looked at many properties on each visit back and in 2009 our dream came true when we purchased 'The Happy Pelican, our future retirement home. We are happy to share our property with you in hopes you will become as enchanted with OIB island life as we did.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Myrtle Beach International(MYR) or Wilmington(ILM) at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Pelican's Perch Bar and Grill at 0.7 Miles Nearest Golf : Tiger, Lion, & Panther Courses at 2.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Pelican's Perch Grill & Pogies Waterfront Grill at 0.7 Miles Nearest Ski : Water Skiing no Snow Skiing at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Raeford Street Beach at 75 Metres

There is so much to do in OIB. On the ground level is a toy room stocked with toys for the beach, kayaks, rafts, beach chairs, fishing and crabbing gear, bikes, out door games, and lots more.

The beach, just a short walk away from the house, is amoung the widest on the island. It is accessed by a boardwalk (no steps) ramp making it easy to roll our beach cart filled with toys, coolers, and beach equipment onto the beach. This access has a lovely dune and a gazebo for sitting and watching the wildlife.

The dock is great for swimming, crabbing, fishing, and docking your boat or jet ski. Don't have a boat, the house comes with two 2 person kayaks and inflatable boats. The dock has a ladder for easy swimming access. The dock is also well equipped to handle boats up to 35 feet in length. Our house, nautically, is located just a minute or two by boat from the ICW and 10 minutes from open water.

Located close to Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, many nearby site seeing opportunities await. See a battleship, visit the Silver Coast Winery, visit many museums, shop while strolling 'Broadway at the Beach.' There are also many nature preserves in the area as well.

Dining both on and off the island is a treat. You will find no shortage of restaurants featuring every kind of dining experience. Of course a dinner outing to nearby Calabash is a must for unique seafood cooking.

Golfer's note:

Brunswick County is known as North Carolina Golf Coast. It is home to 30 golf courses with more in nearby Myrtle Beach. This lures golfers from around the globe to Brunswick County, NC. Designed by some of the most prestigious names in course architecture, our courses will challenge and delight professionals and amateurs alike. The Happy Pelican is just 5 to 15 minutes away from 20 of the Golf Coast's finest courses.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season '16
May 28 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season '16
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall Season
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Quite Beach Season
Dec 3 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.75%

All rentals require 12.75% Accommodation Tax and $145.00 Cleaning Fee. No pets. Golf cart can be provided, please request quote for cart. Monthly rentals require addition deposit and do not include utilities (cable and electric).

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From the Owner

The best features of the Happy Pelican is its proximity to the beach, the private deep water dock for boating and swimming, and the house's spacious floor plan. Large windows in the living area provide waterfront views and the upper bedroom balconies allow for a view of the ocean at the end of the street. Raeford Street, on which the house is located, is a direct beach access street with a short, handicap accessible boardwalk leading over protective sand dunes to a wide section of pristine beach. The house's location on the canal system puts the dock within a 1-2 minute sail to the Inter-coastal Water Way, and 7-10 minutes cruise to the inlet and the Atlantic's open water. The Happy Pelican is perfectly situated for beach, boating, fishing, golfing, flying, and and site seeing, (snow Truly the best all around vacation location you could ask for.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
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  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
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  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1980 sq. ft.


  • Up Stairs Bath - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Down Stairs Bath - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Main Living Area Half Bathroom - toilet
  • Outdoor Shower and Dressing Area - shower, Hot and Cold Enclosed Shower and Changing Area


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Upper Right - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Upper Left - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Lower Left - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Lower Right - 1 queen
  • Upper loft - 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • All bedrooms have plenty of dresser and storage space, new flat screen TVs, private porches. All bedrooms are adjacent to the bathrooms. The upper two bedrooms have ocean views from their porches.


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  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Sleeping Accommodations: There are 4 large, tastefully decorated, bedrooms and a loft spaced far apart for privacy. The bed configuration is: BR1 -One queen size bed BR2 -1 Queen and 1 twin bed BR3 – 1 Queen bed and 1 twin bed BR4 - 1 Queen and 1 twin bed Loft with a sleeper sofa and 1 twin bed that sleeps 2-3. There are 2 large bathrooms, one with a double sink. The baths are adjacent to the bedrooms and there is a half bath off the living room area for convenience. All Bedrooms have cable flat screen TVs and plenty of draw and closet space. Eating and Dining: When you don’t feel like going out for dining, the Happy Pelican’s well equipped kitchen is ready for cooking. A full compliment of cooking equipment is available for your use. There is even a food processor and bread machine. There is plenty of seating in the large dining area with additional seating at the kitchen breakfast bar and you can't beat outdoor dining on the deck. A park style BBQ grill and Picnic table for canal side dining makes for great BBQ meals. Entertaining and Living Area: For entertaining, there is a large open living room with a bar area and entertainment center. There is a TV, DVD, VCR, a collection of movies and books for all ages. There are games galore for the family to enjoy, even poker chips and cards for a game of Texas Holdem. For the Kids, there is 'Pelican’s Roost', a loft area set up for kid fun, far enough away for privacy from adults but within earshot of watchful parents. Decks: There are two spacious decks offering splendid views of the town, dock and canal system. Out door dining furniture on the main deck makes for a wonderful meal any time of day. The upper deck has chase lounges and is fantastic for peaceful evening retreats and star gazing. The evening breezes are very enjoyable on this level.

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